I am a "structural petrologist." I study ductilely deformed and metamorphosed rocks, especially those that form in high pressure or temperature settings. Field mapping, optical studies of rock microstructure, and thermobarometry are some of my primary tools. Findings on the scale of a microscope slide can have continent-sized implications!
My upper-level classes deal with the make-up and behavior of the solid part of the earth. We take field trips to localities all across the valley and ridge, to the New Jersey Highlands, the Newark Basin, the Adirondacks, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.
I teach courses in Structural Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Field Methods, and Introductory Geology. My classes grapple with three-dimensional problems through multiple forms of visualization and interactive, hands-on models.
I study the interplay of deformation and metamorphism in rocks that come from deep inside the earth- sometimes along very complicated paths. I use a range of tools from GIS and field mapping techniques to optical and electron microscopy to solve tectonic questions.
Only astronauts can do science in a vacuum. Click the above image to find photos of students and links to present and past collaborators. Current Juniata College students should come talk to me if you're interested in hard-rock geology research.